Harper's Bazaar (India) - - BAZAAR AT WORK -

By Chris­tine Whit­ney LET’S AD­MIT IT, dress­ing for work can be about as ex­cit­ing as eat­ing oat­meal for break­fast. But that’s about to change: This sea­son, de­sign­ers of­fered an an­ti­dote to the fash­ion dol­drums, serv­ing up plenty of op­tions in fresh hues and bold prints. So, in­stead of think­ing that your pro­fes­sional wardrobe has to go back to black or cardi­gans or bal­let flats, avail your­self of the many sleek sep­a­rates and ex­tras now on the mar­ket. Go for tai­lored blaz­ers, slouchy pants, and power pumps in un­ex­pected colours or pat­terns, and give your work­wear a pro­mo­tion.

The first thing to know is that prints are big for fall; no­tably, Ric­cardo Tisci at Givenchy showed suit­ing in all-over flo­rals, which is a great way to em­bolden the worka­day sta­ple. But the look can be tricky to trans­late into real life, par­tic­u­larly in an of­fice en­vi­ron­ment. “Headto-toe or clash­ing prints are great on the run­way, but for work it’s bet­ter to ground one print with neu­trals,” cau­tions Ge­orge Sharp, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of de­sign at the Jones Group. “A graphic silk blouse can add edge to a black pant-suit.” Net-a-Porter fash­ion di­rec­tor Holli Rogers sec­onds the sen­ti­ment. “Avoid go­ing over­board by pair­ing a beau­ti­ful show­stop­ping piece with a ba­sic, such as a silk shirt from Equip­ment. This gives it con­trast so the prints aren’t over­pow­er­ing.”

Of course, if you’re feel­ing dar­ing, “you can and should add a con­trast­ing ac­cent

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